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VenueSheraton Meadowland Hotel & Convention Center
Location(s)East Rutherford, New Jersey
CountryUnited States
Most recent2012
Attendance1,070 in 2006
Organized byUniversal Animation, Inc.[1][2]
Filing status501(c)(3)[2]

MangaNEXT is an inactive fan convention focused exclusively on Japanese manga that occurred every other year in New Jersey.[3] It is the only manga convention in the United States.[4][5]


The convention typically offers an artists alley, burlesque show, dealer's room, and swap meet.[5]


MangaNEXT was located at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey for 2007.[4] In 2008 the convention moved to the Doubletree Somerset Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey for additional space, but suffered from some disorganization and poor communication.[5] The convention in 2012 moved to the Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which had no public transit access.[3]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 6–8, 2006 Crowne Plaza Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
1,070C.B. Cebulski, Tania Del Rio, Carl Gustav Horn, Ali Kokmen, Dallas Middaugh, Mari Morimoto, Tricia Narwani, and Hiroki Otsuka.[6]
October 5–7, 2007 Crowne Plaza Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
Mari Morimoto, Kensuke Okabayashi, Hiroki Otsuka, and Jason Thompson.[7]
October 31 - November 2, 2008 Doubletree Somerset Hotel
Somerset, New Jersey
1,000+(est)[5]Misako Rocks!,[8] and Mari Morimoto.[5]
October 29–31, 2010 Hilton East Brunswick
East Brunswick, New Jersey
Ed Chavez, Erin Finnegan, Jacob Grady, Onezumi Hartstein, Juri Hayasaka, Lea Hernandez, Akino Kondoh, M. Alice LeGrow, Nina Paley, Dirk Tiede, and Uzuhi.[9]
February 24–26, 2012 Sheraton Meadowland Hotel & Convention Center
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Yamila Abraham, The Asterplace, James L. Barry, C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U., Ed Chavez, Chipocrite, Ben Dunn, Bill Ellis, Erin Finnegan, Noah Fulmor, Christopher Hart, Lizbeth R. Jimenez, Dave Lister, Tomo Maeda, Dani O'Brien, Jen Lee Quick, Felipe Smith, and Makoto Tateno.[3][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Universal Animation, Inc. Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  2. ^ a b "MangaNEXT announced for the first weekend of October" (Press release). 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  3. ^ a b c Alverson, Brigid (2012-02-28). "Fans, Publishers, Creators Gather at the MangaNEXT Convention". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  4. ^ a b Shih, Evelyn (2007-10-04). "U.S. bitten by the manga bug; Following grows for Japanese comics". The Record.
  5. ^ a b c d e Finnegan, Erin (2008-11-04). "A Small MangaNext Con Grows in Somerset, N.J." Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  6. ^ "MangaNEXT 2006 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  7. ^ "MangaNEXT 2007 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  8. ^ "MangaNEXT 2008 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  9. ^ "MangaNEXT 2010 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  10. ^ "MangaNEXT 2012 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.

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